Saturday Night Live: Season 1 (1975 - 1976)


Season 1
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Air date: Oct 11, 1975

The premiere episode of the long-running and influential sketch comedy series features host George Carlin and musical guests Janis Ian and Billy Preston. Most of the show's soon-to-be familiar elements are already in place, such as the announcement of "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night," the host monologue, Weekend Update news report, and parody commercials. Memorable moments include the first appearance of the Bees, guest star Andy Kaufman's "Mighty Mouse" routine, and the opening absurdist skit in which a professor (Michael O'Donaghue) teaches a non-English speaker (John Belushi) phrases such as, "I would like to feed your fingertips to the wolverines." Although the series would later be known as Saturday Night Live, this episode was introduced as NBC's Saturday Night, a moniker it would keep until the 14th episode, when the "NBC's" was dropped. The series would not actually be called Saturday Night Live until late in the second season.

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Air date: Oct 18, 1975

The second episode of NBC's Saturday Night is dominated by music. Host Paul Simon is joined by musical guests Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow, and Art Garfunkel, who, together and separately, perform a total of 11 songs. Notable non-musical content includes a short film by Albert Brooks and a humorous segment featuring Simon playing basketball against Connie Hawkins.

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Air date: Oct 25, 1975

This 1975 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Rob Reiner and also features then-Mrs. Reiner Penny Marshall, Andy Kaufman, and the funk-dance band The Lockers.

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Air date: Nov 8, 1975

This 1975 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Candice Bergen and features musical guest Esther Phillips.

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Air date: Nov 15, 1975

This 1975 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Robert Klein and features musical guests ABBA and Loudon Wainwright III.

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Air date: Nov 22, 1975

This 1975 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Lily Tomlin and features musical guest Howard Shore and His All Nurse Band. Tomlin performs her famous Ernestine and Edith Ann characters on the show.

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Air date: Dec 13, 1975

This 1975 episode of Saturday Night Live is guest-hosted by Richard Pryor--who appears in a samurai sketch with John Belushi--and features two songs by musical guest Gil Scott-Heron, and a terrific short film by Albert Brooks.

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Air date: Dec 20, 1975

This 1975 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Candice Bergen and features musical guests the Stylistics and Martha Reeves.

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Air date: Jan 10, 1976

This 1976 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Elliott Gould and features the show's timeless parody of Star Trek, with John Belushi as Captain Kirk and Chevy Chase as Spock.

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Air date: Jan 17, 1976

This videotape contains two episodes--one dating from 1978, one from 1979--hosted by comedian/author Buck Henry.

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Series 1 of the star studded variety show.

Critic Reviews for Saturday Night Live Season 1

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

The longest running, most iconic sketch show in American history.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

NBC changed television forever.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Much of the appeal of "Saturday Night" lies in its contrast with this ubiquitous show-business language.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The 90 minute show was plagued throughout with a lack of exciting guests and innovative writing, helping to keep the debut at a lackluster pace.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Saturday Night is a show worth rooting for.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Clayburgh was seldom as much fun in her movies as she is here, whether she's doing a full sketch or just introducing Leon Redbone or picking out "volunteers" for Andy Kaufman's act.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Over the years, the quality of the show has varied, both from season to season and from episode to episode. But for the most part, Saturday Night Live has been a place to see solid, live comedy with a broad, mature appeal.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Although the show may appear dated, most of the comedy isn't. Yes, we did say most.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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